Recent Viewpoints

November 13, 2018
Jewish Synagogue, Pittsburgh

Kerby Anderson The term “anti-Semitism” has been loosely thrown around for years, and used recently to label the president, even though he has Jewish people in his extended family. It is about time to give specificity to a real problem that has often been redefined and demeaned by misuse. At the core of anti-Semitic thought is that Jews are the source of many social problems and thus the Jews are guilty of everything. This is what is so crazy about…

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November 12, 2018
take a vet to school

Kerby Anderson Yesterday was Veterans Day, but we are celebrating it today. This day is even more significant because it is the 100th anniversary of Veterans Day. Veterans Day began as Armistice Day. As “The Great War” (which we today call World War I) was winding down, there was a need to designate an official time for the end of hostilities. The Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919. Fighting actually ended seven months earlier. The armistice ended on…

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November 9, 2018
Johnson's War on Poverty

Penna Dexter We often hear that the War on Poverty, launched during the administration of President Lyndon Johnson, hasn’t reduced poverty. It’s true that, since 1966, the first year that saw significant spending in the War on Poverty, the poverty rate as reported by the US Census Bureau hasn’t budged. It remains at about 14 percent of the population. During that time, government transfer payments to low-income families increased in real dollars from an annual average of about $3100 per…

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November 9, 2018
Change the Senate?

Kerby Anderson Progressive partisans want to reform the US Senate because of its unequal representation. Frustrated after Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed as an Associate Justice, they point out that Democrat senators represent a much larger percentage of the American populace than Republican senators. That is certainly true. The votes of two senators from California (with a population of 39 million) are equal to the votes of two senators from Wyoming (with a population around 590,000). But it is also worth…

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November 8, 2018
Prison bars w light coming thru

Kerby Anderson Congress has lots of unfinished business. One important item is prison and sentencing reform. The House of Representatives has already passed the First Step Act. It is time for the Senate to do the same. Recently I had Rebecca Hagelin on the Point of View radio program to talk about her commentary on “Our Failing Prisons and Faulty War on Drugs.” A few months ago, I had Star Parker on to talk about the same legislation. These women will…

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November 7, 2018
men & women symbols

Kerby Anderson In this world of social media, we have come to expect to see outrageous and irresponsible comments on various websites. But we don’t expect to read them in the New York Times. I am talking about the headline, “Transgender Could be Defined Out of Existence By Trump Administration.” This isn’t even close to true. Let me explain. What started this was the news that the Trump administration was considering returning the understanding of a civil rights statute to its…

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November 6, 2018
voting booths

Kerby Anderson Today is Election Day. Normally midterm elections don’t generate as much interest as presidential election years. That is not the case this year. Americans seem to understand that much is at stake in these elections. How will they turn out? I wrote an article months ago looking at various electoral possibilities and still feel it is a good overview of what will happen today and be reported on tonight. Consider these three scenarios. Scenario number one is where…

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November 5, 2018
You can make a difference copy

Kerby Anderson Tomorrow is the election. You may have already voted, like tens of millions of Americans. But if you haven’t voted, I encourage you to vote because your vote might make the difference. In the past, many groups circulated articles and e-mails talking about the importance of one vote. In the last few elections, we haven’t needed these reminders because some of the elections in the last few decades provide numerous illustrations. For example, George W. Bush won the…

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November 2, 2018
Snuffed out Liberty Torch

Kerby Anderson Most people would expect liberals to be open-minded, and yet they find that they are often the most intolerant. Kim Holmes explores the reasons for this transformation in his new book, The Closing of the Liberal Mind. He was on Point of View to talk about the history of the radical change in mindset and attitude. Classic American liberalism in this country was based on a belief in liberty. Citizens were to be free from government coercion and…

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November 2, 2018
UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME copy

Penna Dexter A really bad idea is bubbling up from the left. It stems partly from the idea that Artificial Intelligence and the resulting automation of jobs, from driving to technology, will displace so many workers, we’ve just gotta do something. The Universal Basic Income has been floated by Barack Obama and certain Silicon Valley titans, among them Bill Gates, Richard Branson, and Mark Zuckerberg. They see UBI as an efficient way to prevent poverty in our hyper-automated and globalized…

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November 1, 2018
in a crowd

Kerby Anderson You have probably heard comments about certain people living in a bubble. They live in affluent communities cut off from some of the realities that most Americans face. Due to the research by Charles Murray, we can now identify where these bubble communities are located. In his book, Coming Apart, he argued that a high-IQ, highly educated upper class was formed over the last half century that is disconnected from the culture of mainstream America. Charles Murray put…

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